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Sample sentences for the GRE study word slacken

slacken can be used as a verb

1.He thought awhile, and then asked his crew if it was not time to slacken speed. - from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
2.At last the breeze came the schooner sidled and drew nearer in the dark I felt the hawser slacken once more, and with a good, tough effort, cut the last fibres through. - from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
3.D'Artagnan imagined that on arriving in town the duke would slacken his pace, but it was not so. - from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
4.The mutineer was the bowsman of the mate, and when fast to a fish, it was his duty to sit next him, while Radney stood up with his lance in the prow, and haul in or slacken the line, at the word of command. - from Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville
5.Elizabeth could never address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over, and though determined not to slacken as a correspondent, it was for the sake of what had been, rather than what was. - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
6.Suddenly the threads that moved them began to slacken and become entangled and it grew difficult to move. - from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
7.Just while I was meditating, a puff came, caught the HISPANIOLA, and forced her up into the current and to my great joy, I felt the hawser slacken in my grasp, and the hand by which I held it dip for a second under water. - from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
8.But, imperceptibly, though I held by them fast, Joe's hold upon them began to slacken and whereas I wondered at this, at first, I soon began to understand that the cause of it was in me, and that the fault of it was all mine. - from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
9.It might be thought that, in his anxiety, he would be constantly watching the changes of the wind, the disorderly raging of the billows--every chance, in short, which might force the Mongolia to slacken her speed, and thus interrupt his journey. - from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

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